karrottop3 months ago
I'm not so familiar with TFA - but is the main criticism the duration of time committed to schools during recruitment tenures? I can understand skepticism about two years being too short to implement lasting change in the education system, but in terms of the potential to impact a student - two years, one year, one month, one day, maybe even hours ... you don't need that much time to impact a student. I remember a visiting instructor whom I spent 4 classes with as a freshman in high school - those 4 classes with her provided a unique window into what I perceived as a completely alternative approach to being. I lived in small town America, a predominantly white, factory economy, with a population of less that 10,000. Most girls in our school aspired to marry their sweetheart and have a family, with best case scenarios riding on that factory job. This woman was like a window into another life. I will never forget her and I have no doubt that her brief crossing with my fifteen year old self had some small part in the case I built to leave that town. Let's work for solutions together. Instead of lambasting and undermining what could be some form of solution, albeit imperfect, how about proposing redesigns and reinforcements to make it better?